Floatation makes people feel rested and relaxed, which naturally decreases stress and has a positive impact on the body. Research is now proving that floatation, which has also been known as Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST), is helpful in the treatment of behavioral and addictive disorders. From treating ADHD to alcoholism and eating disorders, there are many restorative benefits to floatation therapy. A few of the addictions and disorders helped by floatation are listed below.
- Cigarette smoking. Like most addictive substances, cigarettes are both mentally and physically addictive, making it a very difficult habit to quit. The body’s dependence on the nicotine is hard to handle, but eventually it will overcome it. The mind can also overcome the addiction, but it is helped substantially by the calm, relaxation, and focus provided by floatation chambers.
By relieving stress and allowing the mind to be inwardly focused, a person can be more successful in overcoming a cigarette addiction. Floating is most effective when combined with other behavioral training methods, including weekly support groups.
- Alcohol addiction. Many floaters have described losing the desire to drink after a few floatation sessions, often because the peace and calm that they received from floating was more lasting and real than the buzz from alcohol. By reaching a level of happiness and relaxation without resorting to chemical means, many people find they simply didn’t enjoy drinking as much anymore. This effect is also helped by adding anti-alcoholism education and behavioral training after sessions.
- Obesity and eating disorders. It is not uncommon for float sessions to inspire floaters to take up swimming as an exercise, which is a great way to lose weight. Furthermore, floating gives people the time and ability to evaluate themselves, face their inner demons and thoughts, and overcome self esteem issues that may have been plaguing them for a long time.
- Stress-related disorders. Anxiety, depression, and even high blood pressure can all be affected by sensory deprivation. The warm water and lack of external stimuli promote vasodilation, theta brain waves, and other physiological changes that in turn lead to psychological benefits. A high level of Theta brain waves, for example, can trigger the release of endorphins, which reduces pain, fatigue, and general stress. Furthermore, it correlates with a decrease in several stress-related hormones, including cortisol, epinephrine, and ACTH.
For more information about the benefits of floatation therapy on mental health disorders or struggles like addiction, contact a float facility like Northwest Float Center.